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Times of India
The son of a Russian mob czar Iosef (Allen) and his bunch of goons pick the wrong guy to mess with when they visit John Wick (Reeves) at his home one night after a chance encounter at a gas station. Iosef had made Wick an offer for his sports car. Wick refused and that didn't go down well with Iosef. Iosef follows Wick back home. His goons beat him up, kill his dog and steal his car. Their troubles have just begun, however, because they have no idea who Wick really is.
John Wick lives a quiet and lonely life at his sprawling home after his wife Helen (Moynahan) passed away due to terminal illness. The little dog she'd arranged to be given to him is her posthumous gift - her way of providing him comfort and the ability to cope with the vacuum in his life. Initially indifferent, he warms up to the beagle named Daisy and soon grows attached to her. So, when the debauched Iosef and his gang of thugs do what they do to Wick, no one - not even the cops - can help them. Wick is seething with righteous fury.
Iosef's dad Viggo (Nyqvist) gets to know about this incident. Iosef takes the Mustang they've stolen from Wick to Aurelio's (Leguizamo) garage to get it customized. But when Aurelio realizes whose car it is, he flat-out refuses to get involved. Later, Viggo too explains to Iosef that before Wick retired to look after Helen, he helped him achieve dominance in the New York Mafia scene. Therefore, to mess with someone who has actually helped them is just a few steps short of insanity. The Russian Mafia then becomes the hunted party as Wick goes after them one by one.
There is not a wasted second in Wick's relentless and efficient pursuit of his wrongdoers. This revenge film looks slick, stylish and despite its camp story line, keeps you engrossed throughout with a strong impact. John Wick is a raucous romp of a movie and offers you no-holds-barred action all the way.
As part of a promotional deal with Overkill Software, John Wick was added as a playable character for the video game called Payday 2.
Keanu Reeves claims to have done 90% of the stunts in the movie himself.
This is the fifth time Keanu Reeves is playing a role named John.
Actor Keanu Reeves reportedly trained for three months for the movie.
The titular character's moniker, The Boogey Man, is named after screenwriter Derek Kolstad's grandfather.
The film is reportedly shot in New York City and nearby Rockland County.
When John Wick wakes up for his wife's funeral, his clock shows 6am. However, when John gets up a moment later, the alarm clock shows 10:06 am. However, the outside light conditions remain same.
There is a scene before the final sequence when John Wick and Winston are both using smartphones. However, if you see carefully you will see that they are not in call mode as the touch screens are still on.
In NJ, when John Wick first meets Iosef, they are both pumping their own gas in their cars. However, self-serve gas stations are banned in that state.
In the final car chase sequence, Tahoe pushes the Dodge Charger off the edge of the wall. However, as Charger is falling you can see the drive-train (engine/transmission/driveshaft) is completely missing from the prop car.
John Wick used to work with the Russian mafia in New York and developed a fearsome reputation as the 'Boogeyman' who knocked off all rivals so that mafia boss Viggo could rule the Mafia roost, so to speak. He retires from that life though, when his wife is dying of terminal illness so that he can look after her. She had arranged for a beagle a puppy named Daisy to be given to him after her death as a way to help him cope with her passing away. He develops a bond with the fog.
One day, he goes out for a drive in his vintage 1969 Mustang and sees a bunch of gang members at a gas station he stops at to refuel. One of them, the son of Viggo, it turns out, demands to buy it. But Wick is not too happy about that and makes his displeasure known. Used to having his way, Iosef and his goons follow John to his home, break in at night, attack him, kill his dog and steal the car. Later, Iosef gets to know about who he has stolen from and his dad is extremely upset about what Iosef has done. But now that the deeds have been done, they have no choice but to prepare for what John is going to do to them and try to fight back.
Viggo tries to talk John out of seeking revenge but that fails. A hit squad he sends to John's house to execute him is also wiped out. John then checks into a hotel that exclusively caters to assassins and uses that as his new temporary base of operations. John then heads to a nightclub called the Red Circle. He kills Iosef's friend Victor before dispatching most of their men. But Iosef makes a lucky escape when John is subdued by Viggo's henchman. He goes back to his room and fends off another female assassin who tries to kill him.
John then visits a church, which a secret hoard of Viggo's wealth in cash and torches all of it after killing all his guards there. However, he is later temporarily captured by Viggo's men but makes a lucky escape when a sniper named Marcus who was actually hired by Viggo to kill John, actually helps John instead by shooting John's tormentor in the nick of time. John, who has by now found out from Viggo where Iosef is, finally kills the latter. John is also wounded in the abdomen by now from one of his many violent encounters but has a final encounter with Viggo at the docks. Despite being wounded, John is able to gain the upper hand and kills Viggo. Later, we see John recovering from his wounds and he also pays a visit to a dog shelter, where he picks a new dog at the end of the film.
Hollywood action flick John Wick is being regarded as Keenu Reeves' grand comeback on the international box office. John Wick is the story of the best assassin who is grieving the death of his wife and finds solace in a puppy called Daisy but is awakened by a mistake committed by the Russian mafia.
As the film running high on action, drama and suspense hit the theatres this Friday, the moviegoers took to Twitter to share their response.
Here's a look at some interesting tweets on the social networking site:
In A Lonely Sales: another good thing about JOHN WICK: Keanu's wife is never treated like a possession that's taken from him. that's not the motivation.
Adam Quigley: I don't want to oversell it, but JOHN WICK is objectively the all-time single greatest achievement in the history of our species. #JOHNWICK
Eva Longoria: "@DrakeTower: @EvaLongoria JUST SAW 'JOHN WICK' - ONE OF THE BEST ACTION MOVIES OF THE YEAR!
Khushrow Chinoy: Revenge for the death of a dog. Only #KeanuReeves could have nailed such a premise. Slick, suave & an amazing soundtrack. #JohnWick.
Warrior of The Sun: All this for the love of a dog! #JohnWick #keanureeves
Vin Fortunato: If you like cars and guns go see John Wick
Kevin Jagernauth: Must have missed the memo, but "John Wick" is a lot of fun. Pure popcorn B-movie. Marvel, give those directors a ring.
Courtney Kenney: I recommend everyone to see John Wick... I'm mad impressed! I could watch it again right now, even tho I just saw it@JohnWickMovie
Amanda Nic: John Wick - Keanu is both wooden & kick-ass. Shameless emotional manipulation, awesome action, fantastic world building. #lovedit #shootemup
Lally Buendia: Hahaha, so which of you bozos decided to pass on "John Wick"? Best action movie I've seen of late. Stylish and wry. Keanu's still DOIN'IT.
Stephen Scarlata: John Wick has just taken the most gun shots to the face title away from Olympus Has Fallen
A few funny tweets too
Snoox: Saw movie john wick hated it, ate custard like ice cream w/egg whites was like rainbow in your mouth good lol also ate bucket of popcorn ugg
Lumpy Space Princess: John Wick >>> I cried when they killed the dog in the beginning. I mean the dog!? Come on!
Larry Fitzmaurice: If they gave Oscars for Best Ending, John Wick would win for the words "Produced by Eva Longoria"
Brian Collins: A movie like John Wick but instead of a puppy I'm going after whoever took my goddamn pen.
Dalton Ross: Silently nodded to the six other dudes in my movie theater today. A sign of mutual respect reserved for people that pay to see John Wick.
Daniel Dae Kim: Note to self: do not mess with #JohnWick's dog.
It''s one of the most prized by Chad Sthaleski and the very famous Keanu Reeves in the recent times. The plot is intriguing with crime as it''s background and revolves ardently around Reeves and his life. Keep the viewer engrossed and riveted with every phase that he encompasses. Vengeance is best served when cold, and this adage has been aptly immortalised by Reeves and how ! The ''Matrix'' fame superstar has raised the levels with his impeccable presence on the silver screens and continues to deliver his typical stupendous best in JW. All in all , a good thriller and a must-watch for those seeking quality crime-drama in the movie. Deserves a 10/10 .